Nurses who work in public health play a key role in the health of individuals and communities. They help young mothers keep their babies healthy, make sure older people are well cared for and can manage chronic diseases. They also help communities cope with infectious diseases and outbreaks and promote overall health and well-being. But good health also depends on having access to nutritious food and clean air and water. Having enough income to live on, living in affordable housing and access to child care also affect people’s health. Our vision pays greater attention to the social and environmental determinants of health so we can decrease the inequities that are still part of our society.
The principles of equity and fairness are the foundation for creating and implementing all public health programs and services.
Dedicated funding and health equity tools determine what programs and services best promote the health of all people, especially those who are vulnerable.
All Ontarians experience care that respects their human rights.
Public health units are aligned within the mandate of Local Health Integration Networks. With their funding protected, public health units initiate whole-system regional planning.
Funding, structures and programs for public health units are designed to decrease power differentials and social inequity.
Public health nurses are working to their full scope of practice to advance an expanded primary health system.
Health considerations are at the core of all policies, programs and funding by government.
Public health units address social inequities in system planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Public health nurses continue their work to reduce social inequities and improve population health outcomes such as how long and how well we live.